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Creating a Smart, Sustainable City in Kenya

Providing program management, architecture-engineering services, and training to develop a new smart city in Kenya
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Tetra Tech is helping Kenya create a 5,000-acre technopolis, supporting the country as it grows into a globally competitive, prosperous nation. The Government of Kenya, through the Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) selected Tetra Tech as the Master Delivery Partner 2 (MDP2) for the Konza Technopolis project. Tetra Tech is providing program management, architecture-engineering services, and capacity building to support KoTDA with the implementation of Phase I.

HydroWeb Smart Data Monitoring Platform | Keeping Afloat of Big Data

Providing an intuitive web platform to connect, analyze, and manage water systems data and gain insights to make smart decisions
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HydroWeb provides our clients with full access to a powerful, personalized solution for their water systems data management needs. Tetra Tech developed the HydroWeb tool, a free web platform that enables the efficient management of our customers’ monitoring systems. It allows for real-time data collection, analysis, display, and reporting of key performance indicators.

Autonomous Cars Poised to Transform, Connect Smart Communities

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A future where driverless cars are roaming city streets may be closer than you think. Quickly moving past test and pilot phases, autonomous vehicles are now hitting the road in business parks and on limited fixed routes, bringing the promise of increased safety, reduced emissions and the potential for streamlined public transportation.

Report: Cities of All Sizes Can Achieve Sustainable Energy Solutions

by Katie Pyzyk
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Countries are scrambling to develop strategies to fight climate change, as a desire to mitigate its effects intensifies around the world.

Data as the New Infrastructure

Data plays foundational role in enabling smart cities
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For decades, the definition of “infrastructure” has remained unchanged and was used to define roads, bridges, electricity and water delivery systems, among other examples. But as cities continue to build upon smart city efforts, the concept and very definition of infrastructure is changing.

Smarter, Safer Cities: Smart City Thinking Can Improve Public Safety

Smart city elements have the potential to enable safer cities
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Smarter, Safer Cities: Improving Public Safety

Smart cities also can be “Safe Cities” through the integration of smart city and public safety initiatives. An estimated 20 Safe City pilot programs are underway across the United States, in addition to programs on nearly every continent, in cities such as Dubai, Singapore and London.

Are Smart Cities Real?

Has the smart city hype cycle finally run its course?
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Is the smart city hype cycle over? Have concerns about cost, security and public skepticism finally won out over the benefits of efficiency, sustainability and public safety? It is fair to consider whether the futuristic visions of hyper- connectivity and advanced livability, enabled by accessibility to vast streams of data, can withstand the very real concerns that municipalities cannot afford the technologies behind smart city projects. 

Erb Institute Student, Jim Gawron, Part of Research Team on Maximizing the Benefits of Autonomous Vehicles

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ANN ARBOR—The added weight, electricity demand and aerodynamic drag of the sensors and computers used in autonomous vehicles are significant contributors to their lifetime energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new study.

However, when savings from the driving efficiencies associated with self-driving vehicles are factored into the equation, the net result is a reduction in lifetime energy use and associated greenhouse gas emissions of up to 9 percent compared to the conventional vehicles examined in the University of Michigan-led study.

Grid Modernization: Increasing Capital Investments To Decrease Risk

System reliability & efficiency needs are driving utilities to rely on connected technology
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Growing commitment to distributed energy resources (DER) is forcing continued modernization of the grid — and the effort shows no signs of letting up. Whether by regulatory mandate or stakeholder pressure, system upgrades are being made worldwide to support the increase in renewable energy, while making infrastructure smarter and more resilient. Historically, attention to the grid’s distribution system focused on poles and wire maintenance and upkeep, but growing connectivity between assets is requiring a more holistic approach. 

Faster, Smarter, Greener

An in-depth look at the future of the car and urban mobility
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Charles Fine | The MIT Press
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